“It is true that I said that I will respect the results if the rules are respected. Unfortunately, it is not the case,” Madagascar’s Marc Ravalomanana said, calling on his supporters “whose rights have been violated, to stand up and defend their choices.”
Rajoelina led with 39.19 percent of the vote followed by Ravalomanana with 35.29 percent. The incumbent President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, seeking a second term in office, was a distant third with about 9 percent.
Millions of voters in Madagascar queued in long lines early on Wednesday to cast their ballots in a presidential election as the Indian Ocean island struggles to create jobs, fight poverty and end corruption.